When I read a lot of Zen Enlightenment stuff, I find my sitting is then filled up with what i label Zen thoughts - thoughts that attempt to portray themselves as wisdom or as "good Zen experiences."
I personally find those to be even more obscuring than the non-Zen thoughts about various imagined harms that others have prepared for me, so I generally take their appearance to be a signal to read less and sit more. I haven't ever tried a month of no reading (tho I am scrupulous to not bring books on a sesshin), and in fact the enlightenment story in the Three Pillars of Zen where this (childless) couple went on a word fast leaves a continuing sense of horror in me. In the midst of confusion and chaos, that's it for me. Thanks, Chris Austin-Lane Sent from a cell phone On Oct 30, 2010, at 8:14, "ED" <seacrofter...@yahoo.com> wrote: > > > > --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Bill... wrote: > > > > You are correct that you shouldn't form an attachment to either your own > > experience or intellectual knowledge - but it is important to note that the > > experience, even its memory, is your experience; > > > whereas whatever you read or are taught is at best the 2nd- or 3rd-hand > > account of someone else's experience, and at worst the inaccurate or > > fictional account of someone else's experience. > > Bill, > > When one reads, it is not necessarily to 'learn', but also and especially to > awaken one's own intrinic wisdom-mind, no? > > > > > I'd advise you to value your own experience more than the account of > > someone else's. > > > > ...Bill! > > One must 'value' the accounts of others only if one oneself resonates with > them, no? > > --ED > > > > > >